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Article KCRA 3 Brandi CummingsJanuary 09, 2019
Lupita Cortez Alcala

California’s first Latina chief deputy superintendent sworn in


California swore in its first Latina chief deputy superintendent of public instruction on Wednesday.

Lupita Cortez Alcalá was sworn in during a ceremony at the California Board of Education meeting in Sacramento.

Cortez Alcalá was born in Tijuana, Mexico, and grew up in California. In school, she was an English learner and had to repeat kindergarten after failing the first time. Cortez Alcalá eventually attended UC San Diego for her bachelor’s degree and got her master’s from Harvard University.

Article Adolfo Guzman-Lopez December 26, 2018
June 2013 Santa Monica Graduation

A push for college financial aid to cover more than tuition

A push for college financial aid to cover more than tuition

The agency that runs Cal Grant, California’s biggest financial aid program for students at public colleges, want the legislature to expand the program to cover rent, food, transportation and other non-tuition expenses. That could cost as much as $2 billion a year.

Article Erica L. Green and Annie WaldmanDec. 28, 20108
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‘I Feel Invisible’: Native Students Languish in Public Schools

This article was reported and written in a collaboration with ProPublica, the nonprofit investigative journalism organization.

WOLF POINT, Mont. — The faint scars on Ruth Fourstar’s arms testify to a difficult life on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation: the physical and emotional abuse at home, the bullying at school, the self-harm that sent her rotating through mental health facilities and plunged her to a remedial program from the honor roll.

Article Shuang Li , Maria Sestito and Brian PerlmanPosted December 12, 2018 10:14 am
Oakland North Students

An unlikely entrepreneur: The Bay Area teen trying to help foster youth through tech

Carrying his coffee, 18-year-old Joseph Franco headed out his front door and walked to the convenience store near his Oakland apartment. He needed change for the bus.

“I’m a youth, so it’s $1.15,” he said before stepping onto the nearly empty 54. He went straight to the back row and sat down. When the bus stopped at the Fruitvale BART station, Franco stood up, adjusted his hat and thanked the driver. He was headed to a job interview at a burrito restaurant in Dublin, California.

Article The Daily Californian Wednesday, January 2, 2019Alyssa Bernardino Staff
Devon Graves

Student Regent Devon Graves to chair UC Board of Regents basic needs committee

Student Regent Devon Graves was appointed chair of the UC Board of Regents Special Committee on Basic Needs on Monday — marking the first time in history a student has been appointed chair of a Board of Regents committee.

Graves will serve as chair of the committee, effective immediately, through June 2019, as appointed by Board of Regents chair George Kieffer. The committee, which will be established for two years, reviews campus, systemwide and national trends supporting basic needs for UC students.


POLITICO California Pro Preview: Big financial aid request 

POLITICO California Pro Preview: Big financial aid request 

BIG ASK: A couple of weeks ago, UC and CSU leaders thought they might be pressing their luck by asking the Legislature for a few hundred million more dollars.

That paled in comparison to the request the California Student Aid Commission is making.

The panel voted Thursday to seek a major overhaul in the Cal Grant financial aid system for low-income students that could reach beyond $2 billion in new costs.

Article November 30 2018Nico Savidge
University Nevada Reno

California students find tuition discounts, less-crowded campuses out of state
Colleges in Arizona and Nevada are top choices for California students

As a high school senior, Arezo Amerzada’s choices for college came down to University of California-Riverside, several California State University campuses and a handful of out-of-state schools, including the University of Nevada in Reno.

That was when Amerzada, who grew up in Union City in the San Francisco Bay Area, learned about the Western Undergraduate Exchange. The increasingly popular program gives California students steep tuition discounts at dozens of colleges and universities in nearby states. The University of Nevada was one of them.

Article November 30, 2018Nico Savidge

California Student Aid Commission backs expansion of Cal Grant program
Legislature could overhaul Cal Grants next year

The commission that administers Cal Grants, the core program of California’s college financial aid system, threw its support Thursday behind sweeping plans to expand access to those grants and provide more money to the students who receive them.

The California Student Aid Commission, which oversees the state’s financial aid system, voted unanimously to endorse a package of changes that estimates say could provide Cal Grants to more than 200,000 additional students.

Article By Michelle Inez SimonAlexei Kosoff
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Here’s how Sac State students and faculty feel about the state of higher education in 2018

Here’s how Sac State students and faculty feel about the state of higher education in 2018

We asked students and professors at Sacramento State University about their opinions on higher education in California in October 2018. They gave us opinions on overcrowding, financial aid, debt and finishing in on time – among other topics.

Article Jersey Journal Editorial
Jersey Journal

Tuition-free college becoming a reality
Jersey Journal editorial

The prospect of a tuition-free community college education is finally here.

Hudson County Community College has been named one of 13 community colleges in the state to participate in the pilot Community College Opportunity Grant program, through which tuition and fees for students with an adjusted gross income of $45,000 or less can take six or more credits free of charge next semester.

Article Nick AndersonNovember 18, 2018
Michael Bloomberg

Bloomberg gives Johns Hopkins a record $1.8 billion for student financial aid

Former New York mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced Sunday he is giving a record $1.8 billion to Johns Hopkins University to support student financial aid at his alma mater and make its admissions process “forever need-blind.”

The gift, believed to be the largest private donation in modern times to higher education, is a landmark in a growing national movement to make elite universities more accessible to students from low- to middle-income families.

Article 11/20/18 03:26 PM ESTBy Jillian Berman
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UPDATE: Why Bloomberg’s $1.8 billion Johns Hopkins donation won’t transform college affordability

Officials in Tennessee set aside $350 million to make community college free for that entire state With his $1.8 billion gift (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/18/opinion/bloomberg-college-donation-financial-aid.html) to Johns Hopkins University, Michael Bloomberg made the largest donation in history to a higher education institution and certainly the most high-profile gift directed towards scholarships in recent memory.

Still, the staggering sum is likely to only make a small dent in America’s college affordability problem.

Article Annie Nova | @AnnieReporter
Five Students Walking

Most parents and students have no idea how much college really costs

Only around 10 percent of ninth graders correctly estimated the cost of one year at a public four-year college in their state, according to new data.

Students’ forecasts were off by an average of $10,500, and parents by $8,800.

Here’s how to find out what you will actually pay.

Most parents and students are in the dark about how much college costs.

That’s the main takeaway from the latest data in an ongoing study by the National Center for Education Statistics, part of the Education Department’s research division.

Article Douglas Belkin
Wall Street Journal

The Real Cost of College Is Flattening as Schools Give More Scholarships

After increasing for decades, the real cost of attending both public and private college is flat and in some cases even declined this year, as colleges compete for fewer students by giving away more scholarships.

If that sounds counterintuitive, it’s because the sticker price for higher education continues to inch up even though fewer students actually pay it, according an annual pricing-trends report by the College Board, a New York nonprofit that administers the SAT and tracks university costs.

Article By Carrie Warick, Director of Policy and Advocacy
National College Access Network

Changes to Public Charge Determination Threaten Immigrant Families

Last week, the Trump administration proposed changes to the “public charge” determination that is part of the visa evaluation for immigrants. This determination allows immigration officials to consider whether an immigrant will become reliant on government assistance, and it can be used to deny visas. For a fuller definition that you can share with families, please see this resources page from Protecting Immigrant Families, a collaboration between the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and the National Immigration Law Center (NILC).

While this review has always included cash benefits like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the Trump administration is proposing that more programs be added to the review list. The expanded list would include government supports such as Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Importantly, free and reduced-price lunch and Title IV federal student aid, including the Pell Grant, are not included. However, NCAN is already hearing from a few members that families are concerned about filing the FAFSA due to misinformation about these changes. 

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Article By Ashley A. Smith October 23, 2018
Inside Higher ED

For-Profit College Attendance Linked to Poor Financial Outcomes

A paper released last month by researchers at Stanford University, Cornell University and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York found that students have worse job outcomes and increased risk of defaulting on student loans when they attend for-profit institutions.